14 Popcorn Recipes You Haven't Tried

Skip the microwave popcorn, and make these sweet and salty concoctions instead.

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If you've popped your own popcorn at home, you've probably never gone back to the microwave version. Sure, it's a little bit more effort, but it's totally worth it. October is National Popcorn Poppin' Month, and there are countless recipes you can try. We've rounded up our favorites — from salty to sweet — that'll have you poppin' all month long.

White Chocolate Peppermint

White Chocolate Peppermint Popcorn Recipe

White Chocolate Peppermint Popcorn Recipe

If Santa left a sleigh full of candy canes at your house this year, and you're wondering what to do with them all, here is an easy peppermint flavored recipe that is guaranteed to please!

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Flynnside Out Productions

A mix of refreshing peppermint and sweet white chocolate is sure to be a crowd-pleaser for holiday gatherings.

Salted Stout Caramel



You've probably tried salted caramel popcorn, but have you tried it with the addition of your favorite stout beer?

Halloween Popcorn Mix

Pretty Popcorn Packaging

Pretty Popcorn Packaging

These ice cream cartons are perfect for filling with popcorn mix and giving out as party favors.

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Rennai Hoefer

Add candy corn to popcorn for an irresistible sweet-meets-salty Halloween treat.

Maple Nut

Maple-Nut Popcorn

Maple-Nut Popcorn

The sweet-and-spicy snack mix is seriously addictive. Place bowls of this nutty mix around your holiday party and watch it disappear. Get the recipe.

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Courtesy Kelsey Nixon, 2012 CookingChannelTV.com

Whether you're watching the game or hosting a fall party, this crunchy and slightly sweet snack will satisfy any guest.

Make This: Maple Nut Popcorn

Unexpected Popcorn Toppings

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Sweet + Spicy Mix

Cooking Channel Sweet and Spicy Popcorn Snack Mix Recipe

Cooking Channel Sweet and Spicy Popcorn Snack Mix Recipe

Serve a popcorn snack with a kick. Add lemon zest, cayenne pepper and chili powder to popcorn for a sweet and spicy snack.

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Courtesy Andrea Albin, 2012 CookingChannelTV.com

With minimal prep time but lots of flavor, this will be your party go-to.

Fall Popcorn Recipes, 4 Ways

Popcorn Recipes

Popcorn Recipes

Pumpkin spices, crisp apples and pecans, maple syrup or the unmistakable taste of campfire s’mores perk up your popcorn with the flavors of fall.

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Photo by Mick Telkamp

Add the flavors of the season (including pumpkin) with these simple recipes.

Set Up a Self-Serve Popcorn Bar

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Popcorn: Always a Crowd-Pleaser

Seriously, who doesn't like popcorn. It's crunchy, salty and endlessly munchable. Delight guests young and old with a popcorn bar stocked with all their favorite sweet and savory toppings so everyone can whip up a totally custom creation. 

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Craft These (Cute!) Cones

Instead of serving your guests out of standard plastic bowls, use our free printable to turn inexpensive card stock into decorative paper cones. To create them, enlarge this template by 50 percent, then print onto legal-size copier paper. Transfer the template to 12x12 card stock and cut out. Use a craft knife to cut a slit opposite the tab. Once assembled, further secure them with tape.

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Portable Presentation

Guests can just grab a paper cone, fill it with popcorn and their favorite toppings then mingle while they munch. 

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A Tisket, A Tasket, Serve Popcorn in a Basket

Extra-large baskets, fitted with removable canvas liners, will both add a rustic, vintage touch while also being easy to clean after the party's over. 

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Set Out Serveware

No one wants to think of other people's hands in their food so be sure to stock the table with plenty of scoops and tongs for guests to use.

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Don't Forget the Sweet Stuff

Have you ever put M&Ms in your popcorn? No?! Well, you should try it. Sweet and savory always pair well together and nothing tops mixing a crunchy texture, like popcorn, with the smooth creaminess of chocolate. Provide a mix of bite-size sweets so guests can try out this taste sensation for themselves. 

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Shake It On

For savory or spicy flavor fanatics, stock the bar with assorted dried seasonings in shakers that have been clearly marked with chalkboard paper labels.

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